ERIC Number: ED478866
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul-10
Reference Count: N/A
Department of the Navy, Washington, DC.
The U.S. Navy and other services use the same 26-letter alphabet that people use every day, but they substitute a word for each letter. You might pronounce the letter "a" when spelling the word a-n-t. A sailor uses words in place of each letter, making a-n-t into "alpha-november-tango." This system prevents mix-ups between similar sounding letters such as "m" and "n," and "b" and "v." This clarifies a message over a static-filled telephone line. The Navy also uses flags to symbolize letters. These signal flags are flown on the open deck of a vessel. Flags allow ships to communicate with other vessels without picking up a radio or sending an e-mail. This lesson is divided into five sections: (1) "Navy ABCs"; (2) "Military Alphabet and Signal Flags"; (3) "Spelling Worksheet"; (4)"Flag Worksheet"; and (5) "History of Phonetic Alphabet and Signal Flags". (BT)
Naval Historical Center, Washington Navy Yard, 805 Kidder Breese Street SE, Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5060. Tel: 202-433-4882; Fax: 202-433-8200. For full text: http://www.history.navy.mil/branches/org8-8.htm.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Department of the Navy, Washington, DC.